Hopslam Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hopslam AleHopslam Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Added by beernbbq on 04-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#152
Reviews:
3,585
Ratings:
13,299
pDev:
9.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
2,706
Gots:
3,768
Trade:
71
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Photo of citizencane
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with decent head. Leaves a remarkable amount of lacing down through the glass, making it obvious where the glass emptied down to on each sip. Smell is citrus and floral notes, and honey. Taste is similar but hops come through more clearly. Feel is a touch dry, but this seems to be balanced a bit by the honey. Still, the dryness lingers. Overall, solid beer, nothing less than I’d expect from Bell’s. Not quite worth the hype, maybe, but a good beer.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RogueClimber
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kips
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a golden orange body with a thick two fingers' worth of head. Large amounts of lacing and head remain behind while drinking.

S: Beer's aromas give off a strong floral smell coming out of the can. Hops are very dominant here. There is a small amount of sweetness coming from the beer, likely from the addition of honey.

T: Tastes are similar to the beer's nose but with a stronger honey taste. Large amounts of hops present in the beer. The hops give off a nice bitter taste that mixes well with the honey and high ABV for the style.

M: Medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation. The beer does have some bite due to the higher ABV, but the alcohol is blended well with other areas and isn't a major issue. Pretty smoth drinker.

O: Very nice beer. Lots of hops and a nice example of a West Coast IPA. The addition of honey cuts through favorably on the DIPA. The beer's aromas are too one dimensional but a really good beer regardless.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good DIPA. I am certainly impressed. That said, I've had better for the price. Not my favorite that I have tried, but I would put it at #4, under Hoptimum, Double Jack, and Enjoy By. Probably the mildest in flavor of those.

L: Transparent orange body with a bit of haze. Tons of head, tons of carbonation, and sticky lacing. Looks as expected.

A: Definitely a lot of Simcoe. Papaya, passion fruit, pineapple, orange and lemon lead, with some plum and raspberry in the middle, and pine and grapefruit for the finish. This smells very West Coast, surprisingly. A bit of malt comes through with a funk very similar to BO and some honey.

T: Super drinkable for the abv. Holy crap this is impressively tasty. Honey is an extremely important part of this beer, and it fits like a man in a tailored suit. The tropical fruit is balanced at first by a strong white pepper note, then the sweetness from the honey flares up, then the pine and grapefruit bitterness sets in, taking it to a smooth, but strongly herbal finish, fitting to the style.

F: Damn. Just enough body, and yet super crisp.

O: This is the best brew I've had from Bell's yet. Super flavorful, but not too wild. At $20 a six-pack, however, I don't see myself buying very many of these in the near future.

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Photo of FlaS4
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SeymourDunn
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of daOnlyBG
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One could immediately tell that Hopslam was meant to be a quality beer- the taste and aroma is there- but unfortunately, I think Bell let the 10% alcohol content interfere with the taste. The beer's profile yields a little "bite" that becomes distracting as the brew is consumed. A little more smoothness would push this beer into the 4.1-4.3 range.

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Photo of pirateclem
3.32/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I know that this is a really highly though of IPA but I have to be honest, to me after trying it several times it feels like it's overrated due to the once a year release schedule. I have had IPA's I really much prefer and this one has a tail end of tastes that just do not work for my palette.

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Photo of RMW66
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBuckley73
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KShophead
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeK89
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSmaug
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of labisch
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A new favorite. The 10% alcohol is hidden behind a complex and beautiful array of hops, citrus, and honey.

Very interesting and arguably my perfect beer.

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Photo of cgrunin
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vetbidder
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My 400th rating and what a deserving brew. Golden and hazy with a slight receeding white head. Stoney and sweet nose that isn’t as prominent as I would have thought. Much more malty and alcohol tinted than I would have thought with medium bitterness but pretty decent. Thinner with ample carbonation. I give this props for the 10% but Imperials have moved past this in terms of flavor, nose and look for sure.

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Photo of charrel
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjurney
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Amber-gold, hazy. Good amount of carbonation. Thick, off-white head.

Aroma:
Fresh bright hops, citrus, mandarin, pineapple, some sweetness from the malt.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Hop bitterness up front, citrus, mandarin, pineapple, a little resin and pine. Solid malt backbone, a little caramel. Finish is bitter, yet very crisp. Medium-light bodied, juicy, slight dryness, smooth.

Overall:
It's a world class Double IPA!

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDreadz
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HabaJohn
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 13,299 ratings